Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States –

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a Maine education program that provides tuition assistance for students to attend some private schools but excludes schools that provide religious instruction.

Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, states

The question presented is whether this restriction violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment…The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment protects against ‘indirect coercion or penalties on the free exercise of religion, not just outright prohibitions,…A State’s antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.

The full text of the opinion is available here.